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Mental Health Series: Anxiety

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In today’s fast-paced world, anxiety has become a common experience for many people. From work pressures and personal responsibilities to challenges posed by modern technology, anxiety can manifest in various ways and impact every aspect of our lives.

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or potential threats. It is a normal part of life and can even be beneficial as it prepares us to face challenging situations. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, persistent, and disrupts daily functioning, it can develop into an anxiety disorder. Common types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias.

Anxiety can be triggered by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. In this rapidly evolving digital age, technological advancements have brought about convenience and incredible opportunities. This era has revolutionized how we live, work, and communicate. Smartphones, social media platforms, and instant access to information have changed the way we interact with the world. However, alongside its benefits, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of anxiety. Continuous connectivity, information overload, and the pressure to maintain a curated online persona have created a unique set of challenges for individuals in the digital era.

For individuals with anxiety disorders or severe anxiety, seeking professional help is crucial. While occasional anxiety is normal, persistent and excessive anxiety should not be ignored. By understanding its causes, recognizing its symptoms, and employing effective management strategies, individuals can gain control over their anxiety and lead satisfying lives. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and there are now many resources available to support those on their journey to overcome anxiety.

This course explores anxiety disorders as one of the common mental disorders. It is part of the Wellbeing Campus program organized by the Health Promoting University (HPU) at Gadjah Mada University in collaboration with the Center for Public Mental Health (CPMH) at the Faculty of Psychology, UGM. The primary goal of this course is to enhance literacy regarding anxiety disorders, as well as preventive and curative efforts related to anxiety disorders.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the concepts of emotions, anxiety, and anxiety disorders.
  • Participants will be able to identify the risk and protective factors of anxiety.
  • Participants will be able to list the symptoms and signs of anxiety.
  • Participants will acquire knowledge of anxiety management strategies.

Course Content

Emotion Theory
Anxiety is closely tied to emotions. In this section, we will explore the general theory of emotions, which is often referenced. It will cover the six basic human emotions, the brain's mechanisms for emotion, and the functions of emotions in humans.

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Anxiety Mechanism
After studying the theory of emotions, this part delves deeper into the occurrence of anxiety. It provides an overview of the anxiety process, the physiological responses that follow, behavioral responses when facing threats, and brief tips for daily use when experiencing anxiety.

Anxiety Disorder Mechanism
Not everyone experiencing anxiety leads to an anxiety disorder. So, what distinguishes them? This section explains anxiety categorized as disorders, the causes of anxiety disorders based on four factors, the mechanism of anxiety disorders, and risk and protective factors.

Anxiety Disorders
Types And Symptoms: Following the exploration of anxiety disorder mechanisms, this topic further explains the difference between anxiety and anxiety disorders. It also covers various common anxiety disorders, including their definitions and common symptoms.

Risk And Protective Factors for Anxiety
Through a video talk show with competent experts, this topic discusses the distinctions between normal anxiety and anxiety disorders, risk factors and protective factors for anxiety disorders, and how to follow up on these factors in preventing anxiety disorders.

Religion And Anxiety
Anxiety and depression are often associated with religious values, and individuals experiencing anxiety and depression are sometimes considered less faithful or distant from religion, or as individuals who never worship. This topic delves into what anxiety disorders really are and examines the connection between anxiety, religion, and spirituality.

Emotion Management Skills
Emotions are feelings or affections that can sometimes be challenging to control, such as anger, sadness, happiness, and more. In this topic, we will learn how to effectively manage emotions that are positive and beneficial.

Anxiety Prevention Strategies
Anxiety is a common experience for every individual; however, if not successfully managed, it can disrupt daily activities. Therefore, it is essential to have the ability to anticipate and prevent anxiety from turning into a disorder.

Anxiety Disorder Theory
This topic discusses interventions that can be applied to individuals with anxiety disorders, such as various therapy forms that can be employed.

Anxiety Management Strategies
In this section, we will explain how to manage common anxiety in individuals to prevent it from developing into a disorder.

Anxiety Management Skills
Severe anxiety can disrupt daily activities; individuals with anxiety disorders need to know how to manage themselves when anxiety strikes.

Early Detection of Anxiety
Distinguishing common anxiety from an anxiety disorder is subtle; thus, early detection knowledge of when anxiety becomes a disorder is crucial.

Seeking Help for Anxiety
Anxiety disorders fall within the realm of common mental disorders and require assistance. This topic will explain the efforts to seek help for individuals with anxiety disorders and how to provide assistance to those with anxiety disorders.

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